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Robbie barely avoids jail and, after visiting a whisky distillery, he is inspired to find a way out of his hopeless life. Little does he imagine how turning to drink might change their lives, not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.
Mingling the peaty scent of Scottish street life with a distilled take on unemployed, at-risk youth, director Ken Loach serves up a surprisingly upbeat cocktail thanks to a subplot involving rare whisky.
Loach takes us through the mysteries of whisky making, exploring the subtle tastes and scents in ways that will have audiences wishing they had a dram at hand. But a glass also serves more symbolic purposes ...